West Bengal: State Government – SEC discussion about municipality and municipal corporation polls

News Desk: The West Bengal government has held preliminary discussions about conducting polls in all municipalities and municipal corporations with the State Election Commission (SEC), a minister said on Tuesday.

“We have already started the process for conducting civic body polls across West Bengal and held preliminary talks with the State Election Commission” Minister of State for Municipal Affairs and Urban Development Chandrima Bhattacharya said.

“Things will be finalised after more discussions in the coming days and you will come to know” she added.

The head of the Board of Administrators of Kolkata Municipal Corporation Firhad Hakim also did not confirm any date, but said “The Trinamool Congress is ready whenever dates are announced”.

BJP national vice-president Dilip Ghosh claimed that the TMC had been postponing urban local body elections for the past two years fearing it will lose. “Now it wants to hold the poll as it has the entire state machinery under control. We can say BJP will do remarkably well if elections are held in municipalities and corporations in a free and fair manner” he said.